Unison Bank commits $125,000 to Arts Center $2M capital campaign

The campaign is raising funds to purchase and renovate the former Wonder Bar building.

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Unison Bank has partnered with the Jamestown Fine Arts Association Inc. to help with its campaign, "Raising the Bar for the Arts" by committing $125,000 to the project. From left: Arts Center Executive Director Mindi Schmitz, Unison Bank President and CEO Kelly Rachel and JFAA Board Treasurer and Capital Campaign Committee member Mary Lou Urquhart.
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JAMESTOWN — Unison Bank announced on Monday, March 20, that it has committed $125,000 to the Jamestown Fine Arts Association Inc.'s “Raising the Bar for the Arts" campaign.

The campaign aims to purchase and renovate the building formerly known as the Wonder Bar in Jamestown to increase Arts Center programming.

The Jamestown Fine Arts Association has operated The Arts Center for nearly 60 years.

“The JFAA has transformed downtown Jamestown through the addition of The Arts Center, the
Hansen Studio and the Hansen Art Park,” said Kelly Rachel, Unison Bank president and CEO.
“We are proud to help support an organization that provides services to both students and adults throughout the community and surrounding area.”

The Arts Center project will convert the former Wonder Bar into a multi-purpose space for the arts that will center around community.


With a campaign goal of $2 million that includes acquisition, renovation and operating costs, construction is expected to start in May.

“Unison Bank has always been a strong supporter of The Arts Center,” said Mindi Schmitz, executive director of The Arts Center. “Their commitment to our mission, especially our children’s programming, is important to our community.”

The Arts Center holds Arts After School classes and due to the demand, there is a wait list
for students in grades 3-6. With more space, The Arts Center plans to hold additional classes
such as ceramics, watercolor, spray painting and more.

“As a community, we are fortunate to have organizations such as Unison Bank," said Mary Lou Urquhart, JFAA Board treasurer and Capital Campaign Committee member. This is a wonderful gift toward making our dream a reality for the children and individuals we serve. On behalf of the board of directors and the Capital Campaign Committee, we extend our gratitude and
appreciation to the team at Unison Bank.”

To learn about The Arts Center campaign or how to donate, visit For information about Unison Bank, visit or call (701) 253-5600.

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